Dear WMCCAI Members,
There are times when we must share tough news – and unfortunately this is one of those times. As with many organizations, our Chapter is experiencing a significant financial impact as a result of COVID-19. We met the unprecedented uncertainty of this challenge head on from the beginning. Prudent actions were taken to preserve our ability to serve as a valuable resource for all of our members. We continue to work though the challenges and to search for solutions that ensure our Chapter can weather this storm.
Let me be frank, these are difficult times for our Chapter and we will continue to be negatively impacted for some time. In order to keep the Chapter on solid financial footing while we manage through the pandemic, we have had to make several difficult decisions, including a reduction of staff. These changes are made with a heavy heart for those directly and indirectly impacted. Effective last Friday, Suzanne White, Jane Haworth, and Samnang Som are no longer with WMCCAI. We hope that as the pandemic eases and the economy recovers, we may create future opportunities within the Chapter for those who were affected.
We wish only the best for Suzanne, Sam and Jane. Each of them brought valuable experience to WMCCAI and the mark they made will be felt for years to come.
Executive Director Jaime Barnhart is working with the remaining staff members on the distribution of responsibilities. It will take a few weeks for the staff to get acclimated to their new roles and up to speed. Due to this personnel reduction, we will need help from the board, committees and other volunteers to ensure the continued provision of critical services to the membership. It’s all hands on deck for the foreseeable future. We kindly ask for your understanding and patience during this unprecedented time.
Your involvement and support are vital to the health and success of the Chapter. Please consider volunteering for a committee, attending virtual Chapter programs, sponsoring education and networking events, and renewing your CAI membership. We are stronger together and we will persevere.
We know this is hard news to receive. WMCCAI has been fortunate to have such a talented, dedicated staff, including those affected by this change.
Thank you for your support and commitment to our organization and its mission.
Airielle Hansford, CMCA, AMS, PCAM
2020 Board President